Funding Resources

By linking companies thinking about exporting or already exporting with a wide variety of support, resources and funding available we can add value.

As a New Zealand agribusiness, science and innovation company considering a move into exporting or growth of your export territories, the following is a comprehensive sample of some (but not all) of the resources available to you. This page is designed to be a directory guide and is presented in 2 sections:

  1. Who do I talk to in order to get support/ask for advice on exporting?
  2. How do I investigate funding options for export?

If you have any other suggestions we can add to the list please let us know.


We're a company who wants to get support/ask for advice on exporting. Who can I talk to?

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise

New Zealand’s international business development agency. Their role is to help NZ businesses grow bigger, better and faster in the international market. NZTE do not generally offer funding but aim to deliver value in other ways, namely:

  • Boosting your global reach and market knowledge to help you succeed internationally;
  • Offering programmes and services to help you build your expertise. 

Call 0800 555 888 | Contact via Email

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Helps exporters by promoting increased market access and better commercial conditions for NZ businesses.

MFAT Exporter Hotline: 0800 824 605 | Contact via Email

We're a company who wants to investigate funding options for exporting. How do I do this and who can I contact?

Regional Business Partner Network

The $30-million International Growth Fund is part of the tailored package of services NZTE offers to the businesses they work with most intensively. Funding is accessed via an NZTE Customer Manager and skewed towards supporting fast-growth export businesses, and sectors and regions that present the greatest opportunities for international success. Businesses that receive this funding need to at least match the level of investment that NZTE makes.

Call 0800 555 888 | Contact via Email

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Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

For funding support related to research and development use the MBIE online Fund Finder tool

Specifically: Te Punaha Hiringa: Maori Innovation Fund
Science Investment Round

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Is the New Zealand government business website. The information and tools on this site are designed specifically for small and medium-sized businesses, and the people who advise and support them.

Check out the ‘Guide to grants and incentives’ – includes funding options for training and business development, as well as export finance guarantees to assist exporters:

Call 0800 424 946

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Specialist business advisors provide advice, information, referrals and connections to any business seeking support for their growth journey. If you have aspirations to grow your business you might also be eligible for a NZTE Capability Development Voucher, which is offered through the Regional Business Partners network

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Callaghan Innovation

Supports the commercialisation of innovation by firms in New Zealand and funds business research and development.

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The Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust. They provide funding to encourage innovative ideas, foster research capability and develop emerging leaders in the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors of New Zealand.

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The Export Credit Office

Provides financial guarantee products to help New Zealand exporters manage risk and capitalise on trade opportunities

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The Ministry for Primary Industries

Offer a variety of funding and programmes which enables them to support and partner with primary industry businesses to maximise exports, improve productivity and help grow the economy.

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Other Investment Options

Another option to source funding could be from an ‘angel investor’ - an individual/group who provides capital to a business, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.

Examples of such organisations in New Zealand include:
Enterprise Angels | Angel Association